Painted Pieces: Art Chess from Purling London

In this unique global collaboration, the World Chess Hall of Fame (WCHOF) and the critically-acclaimed games maker Purling London present multimedia chess sets, pieces, boards, and interactive experiences produced by artists from around the world in Painted Pieces: Art Chess from Purling London. The exhibition includes exquisite artwork created for Purling’s established line of games as well as chess sets and boards created especially for the WCHOF show. The traditional Staunton chess set—which was introduced in 1849 for chess tournament play and named after one of the best players of the 1840s, Howard Staunton (1810-1874)—serves as an unconventional “canvas” upon which 20 celebrated, international contemporary artists created one-of-a-kind, hand-painted works. Purling names this line of their collection Art Chess as they create a diverse line of artistic gaming sets.

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